Payton On Brees: "We Don't See Age When We See Each Other"

Drew Brees is 40, but in some ways, it still feels like 2006 in New Orleans...

Tiki and Tierney
August 12, 2019 - 8:04 pm

Drew Brees has played football for the majority of his life, but this year he will do something on a football field that he has never done: enter Week 1 in his 40s.

Remember when the idea of playing in the NFL at 40 was somewhere between unlikely and insane? Well, Brees is doing it. So it Tom Brady, who turned 42 earlier this month.

Saints head coach Sean Payton, 55, is taking it in stride.

“Well, look, obviously a lot has changed in the last 20 years relative to preparation, health and nutrition,” Payton said on Tiki & Tierney. “What these guys are doing on a regular basis and what they know they have to do if they want to play like they have, it’s really amazing. Until you start with a great athlete, you start with all these other elements, and then put in the work ethic and the education, it’s hard to explain to the fan the work week in season and then, for a guy like Drew, in the offseason – all the details and little things that he does.”

Brees completed a career-high 74.4 percent of his passes for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and five interceptions last season. While he may never throw for 5,000 yards again – something he’s done four times, most recently in 2016 – he remains at the top of his game.

“I don’t look at it like 40,” said Payton, who arrived in New Orleans with Brees in 2006. “We don’t see age when we see each other. You feel like you’re coming to work with someone you’ve been with for a long time. It’s not until their son or your children show up – like, wow, you got to be kidding me.”

The Saints open the season against the Texans on Monday Night Football on Sept. 9.

Click below to listen to Payton’s interview in its entirety.